Handgun confiscated, one man arrested

A handgun has been taken off the streets and a 24-year-old man is in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an illegal firearm.

The man was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning by officers from West Bay police station and the Uniform Support Group following a stop check on King Road, West Bay.

Two other men in the vehicle were also arrested and remain in police custody at this time.

‘Tackling firearms is a key priority for the RCIPS,’ said Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. David George. ‘We are working on a number of measures to identify those involved with illegal firearms and bring them before the courts.’

The RCIPS has a firearms reduction strategy in place and continues to target those involved in the illegal use and possession of weapons.

Whenever a firearm is recovered all efforts are made to try and find out if it has been involved in a crime.

‘One unlicensed firearm in the community is one firearm too many,’ said Mr George.

‘We shall therefore continue to do all we can to remove firearms from our streets and keep the Cayman Islands the safe place they are renowned for.’

Members of the community are being encouraged to report any suspected criminal activities to the police or to Crime Stoppers.

‘It has been said before that the community is the eyes and ears of the police. I would urge the public to carry on assisting us in identifying individuals involved in firearms activity,’ said Mr George. ‘We welcome the opportunity to investigate reports of suspicious or unusual behaviour and even if you think your information is insignificant I ask you to come forward.’

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